Determine what's causing your back pain

Before treating an ailment, you should try to determine the cause. There are many different causes for back pain during pregnancy, including:

  • Weight Gain- During pregnancy, you typically can expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Your spine has to support that weight, and this can cause lower back pain. The weight of your growing child and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back, which can cause more pain and discomfort.
  • Posture changes.   Pregnancy shifts your center of gravity. As a result, you may gradually (even without noticing) begin to adjust your posture and the way you move. This can cause pain or strain your back.
  • Hormone changes. During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called ‘relaxin’ that allows ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and the joints to become loose in preparation for the birth process. This very same hormone can cause ligaments that support the spine to loosen, leading to instability, and in some cases, pain.
  • Muscle separation. As the uterus expands, two parallel sheets of muscles (the rectal abdominal muscles), which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone, may separate along the center seam. This separation can worsen back pain by de-stabilizing your core.
  • Stress. Emotional stress can cause muscle tension in the back, which may be felt as back pain or back spasms. Because of this, you may find that you experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.

Treating Lower Back Pain

There are a few ways to curb this pain including exercise, stretching, swimming, and walking. For lumbar pain, try doing pelvic tilts.

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